Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Toughest Challenge


It's almost Monday. For many of us, the roughest day of the week.

If you’re a first-time visitor, welcome!

If you’re returning, thanks for coming back!

This blog is dedicated to serving others – to do something tiny that will make an impact in your world, and, just as importantly, in someone else’s world.

Throughout the days of the week, I issue a small and simple service challenge. I don’t always know if these challenges are accepted and carried out, but I hope and pray they are.

I would appreciate it if you would link your blog to mine, stumble, dig and otherwise pass the word. I truly believe that by serving others, we can make a great and positive impact in a world that is turning selfish.

So, what’s today’s challenge?

Simple.

Today, your challenge is to forgive.

We all have people in our life who have hurt us. Whether intentional or not, the pain is still there.

Jesus told us to forgive our enemies and bless them that curse us.

A difficult challenge, to be sure. (Notice I said today’s challenge would be simple – I didn’t say it would be easy).

I’m not telling you that you need to walk up to someone who is abusive and tell them you love them and forgive them.

What I’m asking you to do is to forgive them in your heart. Hold a picture of them in your mind and say, “I forgive you”. I’m asking you to get down on your knees and talk to your Heavenly Father about them, about you, and about the situation.

Ask Him to help you forgive.

This challenge, depending on your circumstance, may not be accomplished in one day. That’s okay. Take two days. Take two years, if you need to.

But try.

I promise you that it will be worth it.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please pass it on.

James

2 comments:

Sugar said...

It is hard to forgive those that have harmed us, but it's such a relief to let go of the hurt and pain for yourself.

I have a sticky taped to a vase on my desk. It's says "I forgive you." It's for me. For every time I blame myself for things that were out of my control. Every time I say anything unkind about myself. Every time I break a promise to myself. I think that has been the toughest act of forgiveness for me.

James H said...

"I forgive you"

Another three-word set that has so much impact in the English language.

I also try and remember, "Sheep don't fight back or roar." I need to remember that when I know people attack or denigrate or try and put me down.

If I fight back, then I have a much harder time of forgiving them.

Thanks for your comments, Sugar - and welcome back!

James